Over the four weeks leading up to to 25th December we are ‘Counting Down to Christmas’ with fellow European bloggers. Last Monday we posted our Paper Plate Christmas Tree for the theme Christmas Paper Crafts. Week 2’s theme is Christmas Handmade Gifts and we have created a Golf Tee Christmas Tree. As with all our activities it is toddler friendly!
Our Golf Tee Christmas Tree can be used for two different types of gifts. It could be given as a finished product gift – perhaps as a table decoration for Christmas day or as a Christmas decoration keepsake.
We painted two polystyrene cones. The smaller one was a 25cm polystyrene cone from Amazon (affiliate link) and the larger one was 26cm from Hobbycraft. The polystyrene cones required three coats of green poster paint. Dabbing the paint on proved to be more successful although next time I shall purchase green acrylic paint as I believe this would have coated the polystyrene better. The polystyrene stars were purchased from the 99p store and painted before attaching them with a tooth pick. I placed a variety of coloured golf tees on the table as well as a container with embroidered rings. I also provided a small wooden toy hammer (affiliate link) for Adam to use to knock the golf tees into the tree.
I only had to demonstrate to Adam once how to push the golf tees in to the polystyrene cone and then knock it with a hammer before he was doing it himself. He needed a little help to hold the Christmas tree still but the rest he could do independently. The golf tees are not sharp enough to hurt. I love the look of concentration on Adam’s face!
Once Adam had got the hang of adding the golf tees I introduced the embroidery rings. Adam had to push the golf tees through the embroidery rings before he added it to the polystyrene cone. The embriodery rings added an extra colourful aspect to the Christmas tree and helped develop Adam’s fine motor skills.
Adam’s handmade golf tee Christmas tree will look wonderful in the middle of the dining table on Christmas day. If you wanted to extend the activity the golf tees would be great to hang small decorations from – a perfect activity for developing fine motor skills.
The golf tee Christmas tree could also be given to a young child as a Busy Bag present. The gift bag contains a painted polystyrene cone with painted polystyrene star, a snowman gift bag containing a variety of coloured golf tees and a small wooden hammer. Everything that is needed for the recipient to make their own golf tree Christmas tree is included in the bag. The golf tees can be easily removed from the polystyrene cone meaning the activity can be repeated again and again.
Equipment: (contains affiliate links)
* Polystyrene cone. The one used in the Busy Bag was from Amazon
* A variety of different coloured golf tees. Our golf tees were from Amazon
* A small wooden hammer. Our wooden toy hammer was from Amazon
* Green paint – acrylic paint would work better.
* Embroidery rings
Adam was 2 years and 6 months old
More handmade gifts for you and your kids to make:
Zing Zing Tree, Bluebearwood, Rainy Day Mum, The Boy and Me, The Sensory Seeker, Adventures Of Adam, Thinly Spread, Best Toys For Toddlers, The Gingerbread House, My Little 3 And Me, The Mad House
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